Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). It is a month devoted to raising awareness of the societal issue of domestic violence (including dating, intimate partner, and relationship violence). We take this time to honor survivors of domestic violence and inspire people to take action to end domestic violence. Western has adopted the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s #1Thing campaign, designed to promote awareness and action towards social change. Collectively, our “one things” can have a strong impact and make a difference. 

#1ThingWWU—From Awareness to Action

Each year, domestic violence impacts millions of people, but it is preventable. Social change happens when we collectively unify our efforts, and our individual efforts do make a difference.  

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has created these main messages, which guide the national #1Thing campaign, as well as Western’s #1ThingWWU campaign:

  • The #1Thing that will end domestic violence is our collective power.
  • Healing from domestic violence requires our collective One Things.
  • We can all do #1Thing towards eradicating domestic violence.
  • Sharing our stories can have a ripple effect and can inspire others to action.
  • Our collective One Things are valuable for systems advocacy.
  • #1Thing offers the community tangible ways to get involved in the effort to end domestic violence.

Share Your #1Thing—Take the Pledge!

There is power in hearing people’s personal stories—survivors, advocates, friends, and family members. That personal connection creates community and a shared vision of a world free from violence.

We invite you to affirm your commitment to end domestic violence by pledging to do #1ThingWWU. Stop by our #1ThingWWU table every Thursday in Red Square to sign your pledge in person or download your own copy here. Post your pledge on social media and tag it #1ThingWWU!

By making the #1ThingWWU pledge, you commit to:

  • Doing/changing one thing to make a difference in our community and the movement to end domestic violence
  • Using your voice to stand against victim-blaming, discrimination, and violence to end the stigma towards victims and survivors
  • Listening to victims and survivors without judgment, and respect their choices
  • Sharing your #1ThingWWU boldly, proudly, and often to inspire others to make a commitment to action against domestic violence
  • Encouraging others to embrace their own #1ThingWWU to support victims and survivors of domestic violence and honor the advocates that work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of all survivors
  • Joining with advocates across the country to end gender-based violence in your home and our community

Participate in DVAM Events!

Be part of the solution by participating in DVAM events at Western throughout the month of October. Below is a list of upcoming events—check back often for updates, and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/wwupws.

Every Thursday in October

PURPLE THURSDAYS!

Every Thursday in October is Purple Thursday! Wear purple to show your support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and stop by our table in Red Square!

Oct. 3 // 11AM-3PM

KICK-OFF IN RED SQUARE

Come sign your #1ThingWWU pledge and learn more about how you can be part of the solution to ending domestic violence. The first 200 people get free t-shirts!

Oct. 10 // 10AM-3PM

CLOTHESLINE PROJECT

Outside below the Library Skybridge

A visual display of personal testimonies by survivors of domestic violence and those who honor and support them. Bear witness and participate in this safe space to share stories and experiences.

Oct. 12 // 7PM

SPECIAL VIKING GAME NIGHT

Men's Soccer Home Game!

Oct. 15 // 7PM

SPECIAL VIKING GAME NIGHT

Women's Soccer Home Game!

Oct. 18 // 1-2:50PM

CONFLICT ACADEMY WORKSHOP

Miller Hall 15

Conflict is a natural dynamic in relationships that arises from the need to reconcile differences. Learn practical strategies and skills for responding constructively to conflict in this informative, interactive workshop.

Oct. 22 // 2-3:50PM

CONFLICT ACADEMY WORKSHOP

Old Main 580

Conflict is a natural dynamic in relationships that arises from the need to reconcile differences. Learn practical strategies and skills for responding constructively to conflict in this informative, interactive workshop.

Oct. 23 // 4-5:30PM

HEALTHY QUEER RELATIONSHIPS

Bond Hall 419

What is awesome about queer relationships? What do supportive, fun, and safe relationships look like? Come explore these questions and more in a CASAS-led workshop for students.

Oct. 24 // 7PM

SPECIAL VIKING GAME NIGHT

Volleyball Home Game!

Oct. 25 // 7:30PM

#HERETOO PERFORMANCE

Performing Arts Center 199 (DUG Theatre)

#HereToo is a company-created play that chronicles first-person experiences of gun violence survivors and the work of young activists across the United States. Tickets ($6 for students and $14 for non-students) are available by reservation and at the door.

Oct. 29 // 4:30-5:30PM

VIGIL IN RED SQUARE

Join us in honoring survivors and those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

DVAM Resources

CASAS Survivor Advocacy Services at Western

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Love Is Respect

National Domestic Violence Hotline